McCarron reported to Montreal's development camp with reduced body fat, but still has to work on several areas of his game, according to Montreal director of player development Martin LaPointe, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. McCarron made his NHL debut last season, skating in 20 games for the Canadiens. The 6-foot-6 center used his frame well, doling out 49 hits and spending 37 minutes in the penalty box while averaging 11:41 of ice time. But his minus-10 hints at what LaPointe is referring to when he talks about the improvements McCarron still needs to make.
McCarron was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Sunday. The 6-foot-6, 231-pound winger served his purpose with the club, collecting 49 hits and 37 penalty minutes over just 20 games with the Canadiens. The team recalled another body (John Scott) that will serve in a similar role while McCarron will return to the AHL affiliate and await another opportunity to rejoin the parent club.
McCarron netted the first goal of his NHL career in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Calgary. Niklas Backstrom was tough for the Flames in this one, but McCarron was able to find the back of the net in the third period. It was his first point since recording an assist on Feb. 27. He also took two shots on goal and dished out two hits. The rookie has seen his ice time fluctuate over his 14 NHL games, but his 13:39 in this one was the second-highest total since he's been up with the big club. McCarron could have some fantasy value if he gets consistent ice time over the last few games of the season.
McCarron centered the third line and had six sbots on goal in 12:54 of ice time in Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Jets. The rookie had been demoted to the fourth line in Montreal's previous game, but was back up for Saturday's game and had a season-high 2:25 on the power play. Head coach Michel Therrien acknowledged following the game that he's in evaluation mode with a lot of players, and that includes McCarron, the team's 2013 first-round draft pick. Expect McCarron to be moved around with different linemates and to continue to be part of the man-advantage units.
McCarron had just 9:54 of ice time in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Kings. Including a game with St. John's of the AHL, McCarron was playing his fifth game in seven nights Thursday and it wore on him. He had skated with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller the previous night and the trio was praised by head coach Michel Therrien following Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim, but the coach told the Montreal Gazette, "We gave him the start (on the first line)... I was looking to see how he was going to react. But I could tell he didn't have the same jump that he used to have." With a day to recover, McCarron should be back among the top lines Saturday in Winnipeg.
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